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Saturday, November 15, 2008

You Know How You Can Tell When A State Is Young?

When you throw a 50th anniversary ball to celebrate it, and seven of your State's eleven Governors show up.

Here is incumbent Governor, Sarah Palin, surrounded by Bill Sheffield, left, Walter J. Hickel, Frank Murkowski, Tony Knowles, Steve Cowper, and Keith Miller, right, and a seated Territorial Gov. Mike Stepovich.

The photo is interesting to make a point about Palin's "maverick" status, which highlights her independent streak as a Republican politician and reformer.

Two of the Governors you see above are no fans of Sarah Palin.

One is Frank Murkowski, the Republican governor she beat to win the actual Republican nomination, and whose profligate ways led to buying that famous jet plane Palin put on sale on eBay. He also appointed his own daughter, Lisa, to a Senate seat. He and Ted Stevens were the most powerful politicians in Alaska in their day.

And then there is Tony Knowles, the Democrat governor she actually beat in the election. He underestimated her in the debates, and came to regret it.

But the photo also provides us an occasion for amusement.

Remember that fuschia dress she's wearing? You might have seen it in photos of Palin's inaugural ball as governor. Here she is, being led around gracefully on the dancefloor by the First Dude.

It appears that she has only one good evening dress, so the days of the RNC sprucing her up with Neiman Marcus duds are definitely over.

Whilst the hair is an improvement from the slap-on-gel version of the inaugural ball, the newer photo shows her wearing that horrific ALASKA pin loaded with Swarovski crystals. Oh God, I'm surprised she didn't add the polar bear pin too.

(Hey, I admire her, but I am still a woman when it comes to criticising dress sense. It's our birthright, so natch)

Off to watch either Quantum of Solace or Battle in Seattle. Will post a review tomorrow.

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  • I beat ya to Quantam of Solace. I saw it last night.

    I wanted to go see Fireproof tonight, but I think I am opting for Madagascar 2.....at 5:30 p.m.

    I may be nuts for going to see it with the younger crowd....but that's okay....it'll be fun to laugh with them.

    Peggy :)

    PS - Let me know what you thought about Q of S.

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sat Nov 15, 04:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • You have a fantastic blog! I stumbled on it when I googled "Why People Are Conservatives" and was directed to your 2005 blog on the subject. It was brilliant.

    Regards, Mike Miller

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Nov 16, 01:35:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Peggy, I didn't go yet! I've been so lazy this weekend (as you can see by the paucity of my blogging too).

    Will let you know when I do!

    Mike, thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed that massive blogpost on Conservatism, and hope you will stick around (it's still a little heavy on the Palin blogging). ;)

    I'm off to enjoy the sun and cool weather, guys. Catch you later!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Nov 16, 03:42:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm anxious to see what you think about QoS. I was so skeptical when I heard the great things about Casino Royale... and then I saw it... and loved it. You really can't overstate Daniel Craig's contribution to the James Bond brand. I have never seen a 007 movie I liked before then. He and Robert Downey Jr. are my 2 big crushes the last few years.

    By Blogger knox, at Sun Nov 16, 05:54:00 pm GMT-5  

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